A new leather couch is perfectly shaped and plump, but over time with wear, the foam, feather, down or fiberfill stuffing compresses or settles, leaving the sofa looking a bit uneven and flat in spots. Often, couch cushions are removable and fluffing them is a breeze, but to access the ends of a couch is only slightly trickier and requires a little muscle.
Things You'll Need
- Seam ripper or staple puller
- Broom handle
- Stick-on hook-and-loop fasteners
Move the couch out about four feet away from any walls or other furnishings. Stand behind the couch and carefully pull or tip it over to rest on its back.
Rip open the mesh underside of the couch at each end. If staples hold the mesh in place, pull them out. Continue to open the fabric one foot along the front and back, creating a flap or access to the inside of the sofa. If you are cutting open the thin covering with the seam ripper, take care not to cut the leather, and to make straight tears for ease of reclosing later.
Reach through one flap to the inside of the couch with a smooth, rounded broom handle, wooden spoon or baseball bat. Smack the end of the couch repeatedly outward with the wooden tool hard enough to fluff the chair's side but not damage it. Repeat the fluffing process through the flap on the other end.
Apply lengths of self-sticking hook-and-loop fasteners along the ripped seams of the couch and flaps, providing easy access to the underside for future fluffing. The mesh covering is typically loose and you should be able to pull together enough fabric to overlap and fasten. Stand the couch up and push it back into place.
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